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21 Studio Ghibli Films Included with Netflix Subscription

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From Press Start Article

Beginning in February, 21 Studio Ghibli films will receive a staggered release on Netflix, with all available by April. These films have notoriously been unavailable digitally until recently when they became available in the US on iTunes and VUDU and will later be available on HBO Max in the US. Australia is one of the countries lucky enough to receive the films with a comparatively cheap Netflix subscription.

Yes, I know this is advertising content for a paid streaming service but these films are quite expensive to purchase elsewhere and subscription services such Xbox Game Pass additions have been posted in the past as deals where the content was deemed to be an addition which held considerable value to consumers. Hopefully the same rules apply here.
The release schedule is as follows:

FEBRUARY 1ST

Castle in the Sky (1986)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Ocean Waves (1993)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)

MARCH 1ST

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Arrietty (2010)
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

APRIL 1ST

Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Ponyo (2008)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

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  • +20 votes

    Hells yes, Totoro

      • +13 votes

        Why get paid at work when you can work for free?

        • +2 votes

          so I can afford my rent and food

      • +8 votes

        Totorrent

    • +13 votes

      I can finally delete my 3yo DVR recorded SBS version

    • +1 vote

      Wonderful movie. I'd never seen it until searching for appropriate movies for my kid, now a favourite for both of us.
      On another note, damn you Netflix! I'm really trying to cancel but you keep just dribbling out content I want too much…

      • +1 vote

        I used to have a giant Totoro plush but gave it back to my ex dammit haha, but still have the cushion. Bummed it was a one off movie, but it's got cult status

        • +1 vote

          They are building a ToToro Theme Park in Park in Japan!!! (not sure when it opens …ask Google)

      • +1 vote

        All the miyazaki movies are great for kids. They have positive messages and treat kids as capable human beings that learn moral lessons without talking down to them.

  • +11 votes

    They've also recently released Ni No Kuni on there which was pretty good. Not sure this is a deal though, maybe a forum post.

    • +20 votes

      I considered that but was encouraged by the fact Xbox Gamepass updates, Games with Gold and PS Plus games are regularly posted as deals despite also requiring paid subscriptions to enjoy the content.

      • -2 votes

        Wasnt there a meta post about those? I thought the concensus was that they shouldn't be allowed.

      • +2 votes

        https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/510579

        Polls are suggesting these will not be considered "deals" in the future.

        • +4 votes

          There are probably more people with a Netflix subscription than a Xbox pass subscription. So the outcome of this poll is quite biased and can't really apply here.

          • -8 votes

            @ShouldIBuyIt: OP set a precedent here by using that as his/her/their reasoning.

    • -8 votes

      Always wondered if I had to play the games before watching it.

      • +2 votes

        No need, it's a story from the same world but adjacent to the game really. It would maybe help to watch this first but not needed.

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      sub par film compared to the game. also the nino kuni franchise was abandoned by studio ghibli sometime back. all they have in common is joe hisashi's involvement in the music composition department.

    • +2 votes

      Ghibli have nothing to do with this movie.

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      Thanks for letting us know. Great movie.

  • +3 votes

    Thanks OP!

  • +2 votes

    Will they be English dubbed?

    • +15 votes

      I was wondering about this too. Prefer it Japanese + subtitles because they often get poor voice actors in the English dub

      • +26 votes

        they often get poor voice actors in the English dub

        I don't see why their financial status should make a difference.

        • +1 vote

          Less competition means less talent. A lot of english voice actors for anime especially are people who couldn't hack it. In japan being a voice-actor for anime means your famous, its sought after and the competition is fierce. Who talks about famous english voice actors for anime? No one because it's easier to get into, because people don't want to be known for doing anime VA.

          • +2 votes

            @Cannix: Mark Hamill mostly did voice-actor.

            • +1 vote

              @ShouldIBuyIt: Mark Hamill and Samuel L Jackson are outliers, but they only did a few. It's very rare.

              • +5 votes

                @Cannix:

                1. There's always multiple options on Netflix for dub and sub. (Neon Genesis & Dark are two examples)

                2. Some people who have voiced characters in these movies:
                  Christian Bale, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crystal, Dakota Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Keaton, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett

      • -3 votes

        They're kids movies so it's better that they're dubbed or at least have the option so that kids can watch them…

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          Best would be to select either language. I don't use netflix so I'm not sure if they usually give this option

        • +13 votes

          No, they are not kids movies!!
          Lack of sex does not mean they are not written for adults.
          Some people even complain about the nude scene in Totoro! (They need therapy.)
          They are mostly family friendly, but some include a lot of death and tragedy.
          There is plenty that will go over kids heads.
          Even the subtitled versions are often OK for younger kids, as the dialogue is slow.

          • -1 vote

            @manic: There is plenty in Pixar and Disney movies that will go over kids heads as well. But Totoro is obviously a kids movie however you want to spin it.

            • +1 vote

              @em: Totoro is about childhood. That, and being animated, does not make it a "kids movie" in the way that Disney writes movies targeted for children.

      • +5 votes

        This is a joke right? Disney dubs most of them. Dakota Fanning in Totoro, Willem Defoe in Tales from Earthsea, Tina Fey in Ponyo, John C. Reily for When Marnie Was There, Tom Holland, Saorise Ronan and Olivia Colman in Arriety…

        • +1 vote

          I haven't seen all of them. I remember in Laputa the girl was bad and similarly the younger sister in Grave of the fireflies.
          The boy in Arriety was ehh. I've just looked it up and it appears there are usually two dubs so maybe I've only seen the non-Disney ones.

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            @FireRunner: Yeah some have since been re-dubbed by Disney, after Totoro I think Disney bought international distribution rights.

            • +2 votes

              @seanj: According to this Disney's distribution rights ended in 2017. I was wondering why they were on Netflix instead of Disney+.

        • +1 vote

          Just because they are famous actors doesn't mean they are any good at voice acting. I own many of the Disney/Ghibli collection and some of them are okay but a few are quite terrible, like you get a totally different feel to the voice of some of the character than they are suppose to be in the original.

      • +5 votes

        I prefer Japanese and subtitles too, but then again I thought Ponyo in particular had excellent english translation. Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchet, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Lily Tomlin etc. Great story too, very heartwarming. Kept my kids entranced for years.

        Netflix having these makes it absolutely superb value.

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      I hope not otherwise i won't even bother watching

    • +2 votes

      Does Netflix not normally offer dubs if avalible , do people posting here not use Netflix ? You generally get English plus original audio and subtitles.

  • +19 votes

    When are they coming to gamepass??

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      i dont mind posting as deal, just needs to be tagged [PSA] at the front

  • +1 vote

    Wonder how they swung this - Miyazaki basically swore nobody would ever stream Ghibli movies

    • +4 votes

      Does he think the internet is a fad like the late Prince did? Most of the cool people stopped using it apparently.

    • +1 vote

      Money, money, money…

  • +17 votes

    In before: nOT A dEaL, iTs a pAId SUbSCrIpTIon

    • +13 votes

      And the floodgates have officially been open!

      I'll soon post the following:

      Television power - free with electricity bill

      Phone calls - free with phone plan

      Shower - free with water bill (hot showers with electricity/gas bill)

    • -12 votes

      @ Stinge Master
      "In before: nOT A dEaL, iTs a pAId SUbSCrIpTIon"

      I was wondering the same… again, another thread started by someone who cannot distinguish between the two…

  • +26 votes

    its not a bargain, would be if netflix can be access for reduced fee. sorry.

    • +2 votes

      Netflix can be accessed for a reduced fee, plenty of posts on that.

      • +9 votes

        Then THAT is the bargain, isn't it?

        • -5 votes

          Nah, still overpriced and too many hoops

    • +50 votes

      Studio Ghibli films generally cost around $30 each to purchase with no other way of watching them and with discounts on physical copies being extremely rare. If you want to watch all 21 of these films without this deal it will cost you $630. A month of Netflix will cost you about $10. That seems to me enough value to warrant a deal.

      • +38 votes

        Everything on Netflix would otherwise cost money to buy. That's how Netflix works
        not a deal. Apparently ozb is now a notification service for what all your subscriptions include.

        • +14 votes

          Everything everywhere costs money to buy, that’s how consumerism works. This offers the best value to watch these films and ‘best value’ is how bargains work.

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            @mr_me450: …compared to what.. this is an unsupported argument based on what?

            • +5 votes

              @et tu brute: Based on the fact that if you wish to watch these films by other means your only alternative is to pay ~$630 for the DVDs or Blu-Rays. Even a video store (if you can find one, and even less likely , if you can find one with all of the these films stocked) will charge you ~$100 to watch them all. If you can find a cheaper alternative to rent, stream or buy them legally then I’d be happy to hear it.

        • +5 votes

          Well OzBargain can be whatever the people in charge deem it worthwhile being. I don't mind as long as I get bargains here and I'm going to watch a lot of these movies now I know they're going to be on Netflix. It's not affecting my life in a negative manner.

        • +14 votes

          The fact this has 300+ votes suggests there is an appetite for high quality PSAs to remain. While that is tricky to moderate, we would certainly lose some value if we banned them.

        • +11 votes

          Why does this annoy people so much? They come up rarely. You can just scroll past and go back to buying infinite Edifier speakers, and eneloops.

        • +1 vote

          Exactly. This ain't a deal. It's a PSA for fans of the genre.

          • -1 vote

            @Maz78: Coming from a guy that posts once a year… Jelly?
            Move along

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          Dammit you both make great arguments. But 10 dollars for 630 dollars worth of movies does make it a bargain

      • +4 votes

        with no other way of watching them, it's pretty cheap

        No one pirates these films folks.

        • +1 vote

          I don’t believe theft, physical or digital, is something to be encouraged.

          • +1 vote

            @mr_me450: Theft is encouraged when something is not as widely accessible as these movies in either format

            • +5 votes

              @cute as ducks: Feeling that theft is justified doesn’t make it any less an act of theft.

              • +6 votes

                @mr_me450: Especially since file-sharing was never theft in the first place, i.e. you can't get less than none.

                Theft is a crime, whereas copyright infringement makes you potentially liable to a lawsuit, if the holder can proved you have caused him actual loss.

                I know copyright law allows you to photocopy a book if it is out of print. So get off your high horse.

              • +1 vote

                @mr_me450: That's your opinion and you're entitled to it.

                • +1 vote

                  @TEER3X: No, it’s not an opinion, it’s (broadly) the law, at least as it relates to personal infringement, albeit one the content industry would love to change.

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            @mr_me450: Theft and copyright infringement are very, very different - both in terms of the act involved, the mental state of the offender, the rights infringed and the potential loss caused. The analogy is a very tenuous one.

    • +1 vote

      Seen plenty of advertisement for Netflix 30 days free. Sure you could watch them all in a month for free if you tried.

      • +1 vote

        One every night, with 9 days to spare

    • +6 votes

      Agree, this is psa/forum post

      • -7 votes

        Agreed

      • +2 votes

        Yep. Should be a forum section for subscription service releases.

    • -1 vote

      It would appear that you're a little sensitive about what's a deal and what's not…. something to do with having more of your "deals" unpublished than allowed to remain, perhaps?

      (Rhetorical question, of course)

    • +2 votes

      Agreed.

    • +1 vote

      Agree

  • +5 votes

    Thanks so much OP, was looking into buying them but no longer need to!

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      Don't you know it rotates away ?

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        They can watch it now and again if it ever rotates on again ;)

    • +3 votes

      Why didn't you watch them when they were on SBS world movies?

      • +1 vote

        Didn't know it was on there and only recently felt like watching them again.

  • +7 votes

    Thanks for flagging! great news~~!

  • +5 votes

    Effing finally. Totoro and Kiki in a fortnight's time, heck yes.